The first of four regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place last week and saw nine prestigious awards presented to the Longford’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.
Over 600 people attended the Leinster Regional Final on Wednesday evening, March 1 last, where the top establishments in each county were named.
The ceremony included six regional titles including: Best Café; Best Emerging Irish Cuisine; Best Kids Size Me; Best Restaurant Manager; Best World Cuisine; and Local Food Hero. County winners from each of Leinster’s 11 counties were selected from the following categories: Best Restaurant; Best Chef; Best Gastro Pub; Best Casual Dining; Best Hotel Restaurant; Best Customer Service; Best Wine Experience; Best Newcomer; and Pub of the Year.
Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their ninth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in our restaurants and pubs nationwide. Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever.
“Our small island boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the exotic taste explosions of world cuisine to the comfort of traditional dishes. We have an appreciation for what we eat, for the journey of our food from farm to fork, and for the dedication of those working in the food industry to serve up Ireland’s finest food.”
All County winners will now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 2, on Monday May 8, 2017.
The Longford Winners are as follows:
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Cielo
Best Chef – Sponsored by Pallas Foods
Gary O’Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Coca Cola
The Rustic Inn
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino
Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon
VM Restaurant at Viewmount House
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Peroni
Dillon’s Bar & Bistro
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by CLASSICdrinks
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice
Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Bushmills